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Sarasij was born and raised in Calcutta, India. He is a cultural anthropologist and recently completed his PhD from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his BA in Sociology from the University of Calcutta. He did his Masters and M.Phil in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India.
During his years in Delhi, Sarasij worked as a ground-level consultant for a World Bank project on health among the urban poor in Delhi. Sarasij has also spent several years in rural areas of Bangladesh and India studying agriculture, shrimp-cultivation and other livelihood practices of the villagers. Sarasij’s doctoral dissertation looks at the politics around land, representations of land and protest and controversies regarding land acquisition for industries in India. Sarasij was awarded an American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship and United States National Science Foundation Doctoral Improvement Grant for his doctoral research in West Bengal, India. Apart from these, Sarasij has won grants from Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and Columbia University’s Tarak Nath Das Foundation.
Sarasij’s broader research interests include critical political economy, development, and rural change in South and South-East Asia. He is also interested in Critical Media Studies, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Neoliberalism, Anthropology of Globalization and Transnationalism, Agrarian Transition, Anthropology of Mass Media, Environmental Anthropology, Power and Agency, Anthropology of Consumption, South Asia.
Sarasij is also the author of the chapter on Anthropology of Mass Media in forthcoming Sage Handbook on 21st Century Anthropology. He has also published reviews in the Economic and Political weekly of India. Sarasij contributes to English and Bengali newspapers and journals. He enjoys films, travelling, debating, reading and art.
Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick; M.A. and M.Phil. Delhi University, Delhi, India; B.A. Calcutta University.
Areas of Interest: International Development, Critical Development Studies, Economic Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Agrarian Transition, Environmental Anthropology, Power and Agency, Anthropology of Consumption, South and South-East Asia, Critical Media Studies.